Senufo Zoomorphic Headrest Figure 27.5″ Long – Ivory Coast – African Tribal Art

Original price was: $175.00.Current price is: $87.50.


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This headrest statue was carved in the style of the Senufo people of Ivory Coast. The headrest depicts an elongated animal figure with fabric wrapped around the neck. It measures 7.5 inches tall and 27.5 inches long and weighs 5 pounds. The back left leg has been repaired and there is a missing part of the tail – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

Ivory Coast




Wood, pigment, fabric, cowrie shells

Approximate Age


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Weight (Pounds)

5 pounds

Overall Condition

Back left leg has been repaired, missing part of tail – see photos

Tribe Information

About the Senufo People

“Scattered across the Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso, the million and a half Senufo tribespeople live principally off the fruits of agriculture and occasionally hunting. They inhabit villages governed by a council of elders, who in turn are led be a chief elected from their number. Tribal cohesion is reinforced through the rituals of the Poro society who initiate and educate the men from the age of seven onwards. Senufo theology is based on Koulotiolo, a powerful god, and Katieleo, a goddess mother, who through the rituals of the Poro society, regenerates the world.
The Senufo were among the first tribal artists to be admired by the Western world. Their artistic output has been prolific – statues and masks characterized by realistic features or highly geometric shapes which emphasize rhythm and the opposition between void and full spaces.”


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